Visual Arts Workshop

Exploring Color – A Two-Day Watercolor Workshop
with Carolyn Gates
Tuition $150
Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17 | 10:00am–4:00pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
This workshop will require proof of vaccination



We all love color! Come, explore and learn
about the wonderful world of color

Back to the Hoffman by popular demand, watercolor artist Carolyn Gates teaches two days exploring the power of color, using the medium of watercolor. Students sometimes find color to be confusing and complicated. This workshop will cover several concepts about mixing colors that work to create unity throughout the painting. Carolyn will guide students to venture beyond basic color into harmony and value, to make paintings that really pop.

Carolyn enjoys teaching and is inspired by the work her students do. Her focus is teaching basic concepts, while encouraging each student to find their own style. “After every class and workshop, I want to go back to my studio and paint with the freedom and joy I see in my students’ work.”

This is a two-day workshop that includes 6-hour sessions each day with a lunch break (ten hours total class time).

Participants will work on specially designed exercises to enhance their understanding of color mixing and color principles. Each afternoon session will have time to paint, ending with a gentle critique of student work.

Carolyn has been painting in watercolor for the past 19 years. Her work is noted for strong color and compositions that explore the relationships of shapes to make pleasing visual patterns, resulting in abstraction of the subject. Carolyn’s paintings investigate beauty, shape and color, and the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Gates currently teaches online and in person workshops for the Hoffman Center for the Arts. She has also taught watercolor at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon. Gates studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California, and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She has studied watercolor with Carol Carter, Satoko Motouji, Judy Morris, and Kris Nugent.  For more information and to view her work click here

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  • July 16, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • July 17, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exploring Color led by Carolyn Gates


594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130, United States


Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Hoffman Center is located across the street from the North Tillamook Library.